Our thanks to Lauren for her review of the inaugural Saltburn Arts Fair. Read her thoughts here.
The Theremin Bollard is an interactive sound sculpture that anyone can play. Designed for multiple creative uses, these amazingly inspiring instruments, sculptures, can produce a rich tapestry of expressive sounds, ranging from Electronica to Eastern music and beyond, providing participants a fantastically innovative experience for improvisational performance.
James Morgan Williams is an artist specialising primarily in figurative drawing and painting, through which he engages with the metaphysical and the spiritual. He is particularly interested in the power inherent in story and in the drama of the physical world.
Kiln Formed Glass Designer & Maker
“I create the pieces I do as a result of a need and a desire, which comes from both the heart and mind. By this I mean that you do not choose to be creative, creativity chooses you and once it has, life becomes a constant journey of what to create and when.
Each piece of glass begins life as a feeling or a thought and is developed with this in mind. For example strength, passion and vulnerability are all starting points, therefore are a direct interpretation of personal feelings.
Sheets of glass are fused together with shimmering lustres and metals, creating the sparkling, magical colours that are trapped within like a memory frozen in time.”
“I am a photographer based on Teesside who works extensively with bellows cameras and large sheets of film. This tool is a finely controlled instrument which allows for a precise rendition of my subject in its context, in accordance with my vision. Until recently, my subjects have been the built and the natural environment. My pictures based on local scenery are mainly for retail, while my architectural photography has led to several successful exhibitions (2008, 2010, 2011). In the last year, I have extended my photography to the genre of portraiture, for which I use only vintage lenses from between 1860 and 1960.”
Specialising in elaborate print and pattern for the interiors and homeware market. Surfacephilia offers a modern edge and luxury to interiors, using layers of contemporary illustration. Surfacephilia uses painting and college to form highly decorative textures and surface patterns. The well critiqued debut collection ‘NAVAJO’ spans across a range of digitally printed wallpapers, luxury feather filled cushions, bone china and greeting cards.
“I take photographs of my journeys throughout Middlesbrough and the surrounding areas. I use these photos as references for paintings.
I incorporate characters, signs and archetypal symbolism to create a strange narrative with a painterly style.”
I’m inspired by the savage beauty of the North Yorkshire landscape, the combination of astonishing light conditions and terrifying wildness that brings up memories of gothic literature and physical sensations of a spiritual and organic connection with the natural world.
This landscape has inspired artists and writers for thousands of years. The witches and ghosts, spirits and fairies, lost loves and obscure protagonists that feature in my work are part of a tradition of using stories to make sense of the world and our fragile place within it.
All of my images are self portraits, taken with a remote control. Each one is a labour of love, consisting of many images painstakingly stitched together in the computer to create a world that doesn’t exist in reality.
Susan Slann turns some of the traditional painterly formality on its head. Her works range from larger, rainbow-like waterfalls of colour to liquid-like studies of unnerving textures and forms. Through the use of domestic wallpaper, she creates a visual narrative, which explores the memories and associations these surfaces suggest.